Render to Caesar



In church yesterday, 11/29/15, the pastor said that when Jesus said to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s means that Jesus gave a stamp of approval on all civil governments. That verse, along with Romans 13, and many others, back it up.

At this point, I’m thinking “Clergy Response Team” (maybe). It is so clear that Jesus did not endorse and support hierarchical structures and really any institutions, for that matter.

The verse I’m talking about here is Mark 12:17. The “render to Caesar” verse. Jesus was simply saying that Caesar is a man who has his picture on the coins. Apparently, the coins belong to him, so give it to him. The Young’s literal makes it clear:

Mark 12:17

(YLT) 17 and Jesus answering said to them, `Give back the things of Caesar to Caesar, and the things of God to God;’ and they did wonder at him.

In fact, I believe he was saying that the coin bears the image of Caesar so it belongs to Caesar, but man bears the image of God, so we belong to God. No way was Jesus saying, “Yup, governments rock. You must pay your fair share and support them.”  Furthermore, Jesus didn’t say to keep anything with Caesar’s image on it.  He said to give it back to Caesar.

To say that Jesus was approving of governments is disingenuous, IMO.  Look at all of the other answers that Jesus gave during that little interrogation.  None of them were direct answers.  By that I mean that the Pharisees gave him choices A and B and Jesus would answer C.  He would never give into their false dichotomies.  He would answer and stun them with insight, insight that they didn’t even imagine before asking the question, which was why they got to a point where:

Mark 12:34
(ESV) And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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Making Vim open a new tab for each file from WinSCP

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Challenger Explosion Criminal Negligence Says NASA “Icon”, Story Musgrave

Well isn’t this an interesting take on things? Story Musgrave (that’s the guy’s name) says that the 1986 NASA disaster was due to criminal negligence. What was neglected? Icicles. The Challenger blew up because of icicles.

This reminds me of the brain teaser where you ask someone how to start a fire using water. It’s counter-intuitive until you realize that water can be used as a magnifying glass. From there, it’s pretty straight forward.

So how do you blow up a space shuttle with ice? Read the first paragraph of That’s how.

(Interview with Alex Jones – 4:00 he talks about the icicles)

I find it strange that Alex Jones is so comfortable with the NASA narrative. You know, that story that says that they used to be able to go to the moon but now we don’t have the technology to, and that story that says that they lost all of the footage of the moon landings, and that icicles blew up the Challenger. Oh, and that the Challenger had on board the world’s first non-astronaut and OOPS!, it blew up. Sorry about that.

This has conspiracy written all over it, including premeditated murder, and Alex Jones is just too enamored with space to see it. NASA is just another arm of government and Alex is completely trusting of these guys.

I am the same distance from you as you are from me. When we walk, we pass each other at the same time.